Random Act Of Kindness Spotted In Wisconsin
September 18, 2013 by VIA Contributor ·
Today as I was reading the news, I figured I’d be able to find an example of a VIA strength somewhere around the globe. It isn’t that difficult to spot a VIA strength actually because those virtues are within all of us. Whether we realize it or not, they guide our decisions and our actions in any given moment of any given day.
VIA Strengths in Greenfield, Wisconsin
In a city of more than 36,000 people there is an 11 year old boy who has captured the hearts of a nation. Just two days after the anniversary of our country’s worst terrorist attack, Max Siepert walked into his local police station and shook more than $10 of loose change out of a bag. Cameras caught him making his speedy exit before giving his name. Clever detective work unmasked his identity. (It is after all, a police department.)
“You don’t expect that every day: Little guy to walk in and throw up his change,” Brittany Eickhorst, who was working at the desk, told NBC News. “You know most kids are saving up for an Xbox or this game or that. (It’s) just really heartwarming.”
Max saved his money all summer for that drop off in memory of his grandfather, a Milwaukee Police Department officer who was killed in the line of duty. He rode his bike to the station without even telling his parents about his mission.
“One day that will make a difference. If every person would do that, we would have such a great world,” I heard him say in a WKRC news report.
According to TODAY News, Max’s mom offered to match his donation of $10.03, and the little boy plans to give that donation to a girl in Wisconsin who needs a kidney transplant. He hopes his gift will encourage others to do the same.
Reading all of this has really gotten me to thinking. I happen to share one of my signature strengths with Max. Kindness is right up there as one of my top virtues. (I bet he and I share some other strengths too.)
One of many things that working with the VIA Institute on Character has taught me is that the way we enrich our lives and strengthen our core virtues is to use them often and in unique ways.
In my Pathways Report I received upon completion of my VIA Survey, it suggested some novel ways to use my strength of kindness. Among the list – perform three random acts of kindness every week. I think I am going to challenge myself further by striving to perform at least one act of kindness daily. When you think about it, a simple note on a friend’s Facebook page reminding him or her that they are in my thoughts can really brighten a day. There are so many easy ways to let people know we care. Would you like to join me in my challenge?
Research has shown time and again that people who give to others, in small and large ways, tend to be happier and live longer. I want to live a long, happy life. How about you?